Artist Statement

I am a self-taught artist and started designing and crafting my own jewelry in Mallorca, Spain during the late 70s. Growing up on the Mediterranean and influenced by a country of fervour and emotion, it was ingrained into me that life is nothing without passion.

As a young boy, I apprenticed as a stonemason alongside my uncle in the family business. Learning to split the granite rocks and forming them into accurate appropriate shapes to create buildings and structures came to me instinctively. Having the natural ability to cut and fit stones like a jigsaw puzzle are the same skills I require to create strong visual jewelry designs. Scaling down the size of my art from structures to jewelry supported my appetite to travel the world.

It was during these travels that I realized that I am most inspired by Swarovski crystals, particularly of the vintage variety. These individually hand-cut crystals have such a brilliance and timeless presence; I like to say that they are perfectly imperfect. The luminous qualities of Swarovski crystals are second to none. As an additional benefit, recycling vintage Swarovski allows me to contribute to the ever growing eco-conscious fashion scene. I have the gift of imagination and it reflects upon each of my unique designs. If I can imagine it, I can make it.

Each one-of-a-kind piece is finished without any soldering or gluing. My technique includes hammering, twisting, bending and shaping the Sterling silver findings/wire using basic jeweller’s pliers, cutters and hammers. Much of my work also includes working with semi-precious stones. Uniquely cut agate, onyx, carnelian or hematite, are some of the stones that I favour; of course the designs are complimented with Swarovski crystals. If required, I file, drill and polish the stones in order to achieve the desired result.

Versatility and variety are important, so I like to offer both simply classic and avant garde designs that reveal the goddess in every woman. When my work is going well, I’m filled with a sense of pride and achievement. It is pure joy for me each time I see a woman adorned in one of my pieces; this sentiment encourages me to foster my passion to create beautiful and innovative art, for without this creative outlet, I am unbalanced.

~Jesee Mongeot

"You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died, "Did he have passion?".

- from the movie Serendipity